Vice President Pence responds
ABC News’s history of reporting against Christians challenged
Outrage over television ABC network’s The View hosts Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin’s ridicule of Vice-President Mike Pence’s faith has caused thousands of Americans to call (888) 994-8384 in protest.
The Media Research Center (MRC) indicates their “Grass Roots Army” has made over 8,000 calls to share their opinions with ABC regarding Behar’s and Hostin’s mocking of Christianity with labels of “dangerous” and a “mental illness.”
“To have ABC, maintain a broadcast forum that compared Christianity to mental illness, is just wrong,” said Vice President Pence. “And it’s an insult not to me, but to the vast majority of American people who like me, cherish their faith.”
“As long as someone is not on the Left’s list of protected groups, they are considered fair game to the hosts of The View,” the MRC stated. “However, their recent attacks on Vice President Pence and Christianity have gone beyond the pale. It is vital that our voices are heard and that we stand up to these bigots and bullies in the media.”
MRC President Brent Bozell issued a letter to ABC News President James Goldston on February 15, 2018 concerning the “offensive comments” made by Behar and Hostin.
“Ms. Hostin, who identifies as Catholic, called Pence’s Christianity “dangerous”: ‘When you have a Mike Pence who now puts this religious veneer on things and who calls people values voters, I think we’re in a dangerous situation. Look I’m Catholic. I’m a faithful person, but I don’t know that I want my vice president, um — speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him,’” wrote Bozell.
“Ms. Behar mocked the Vice President directly, equating his faith to “mental illness”: ‘Like I said before, it’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you,” she warned. Hostin agreed: “Exactly. That’s different!” Behar responded: “That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct. Hearing voices.’”
“These characterizations of the Vice President’s faith are insulting not just to him, but to all Christians,” Bozell wrote. “Unfortunately, this is not the first time ABC and The View have insulted Christians. This is a disturbing trend. Here are some examples:
- On a June 1, 2017 episode of the The View, the entire lineup “blamed” Christians for taking away free contraception, likening Christianity to the Taliban: “You can’t hide behind religion to restrict other people’s rights!” host Jedediah Bila slammed. “You’re almost punishing us for having ovaries,” fellow host Sara Haines added. Joy Behar asked, “How is it different from the Taliban?” adding, “Let’s not forget they are trying to keep women in their place, barefoot and pregnant.”
- On July 12, 2017, ABCNews.com reported on a Jeff Sessions speech to the Alliance Defending Freedom with the following headline: “Jeff Sessions addresses ‘anti-LGBT hate group,’ but DOJ won’t release his remarks.” The “hate-group” designation for the ADF comes from the highly partisan Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The shocking thing is that ABC News took that incredible charge from the SPLC for granted, and used it to trash both ADF and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
- The ABC show Good Christian Bitches, which aired in 2012, portrayed Christians as superficial, carnal, shallow hypocrites. Unfortunately, while the show changed its name to GCB, it never stopped its lewd and offensive caricatures of Christianity.
And there are many more such examples. Ms. Behar and Ms. Hostin are just the latest.”
“But now you, Mr. Goldston, have the opportunity to right this wrong,” Bozell continued. “Apologize on behalf of ABC. Require Ms. Hostin and Ms. Behar as individuals to apologize. Bigotry against any group is hateful and ugly. Unfortunately, anti-Christian bigotry seems to be the last acceptable bigotry. A simple unqualified apology will go so far. Our country is so divided right now, why make things worse? By apologizing you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.”
“Make no mistake, the slurs against the Vice President’s faith insult millions of Christians and are unacceptable. If there are no on-air apologies after this deplorable episode, Christians will tune out ABC programming across the board. And we will do our best to encourage it.”
“If there is no apology, we will contact the advertisers of The View, and ask MRC’s millions of grassroots activists to do the same. I am sure the advertisers of The View will be just as appalled as I am about the anti-Christian remarks made on the show. I hope you are able to take the appropriate action before we begin.”